The Power of No Dialogue

Long sequences, even short films, can truly benefit when left to rely on fewer devices. In this instance, little-to-no dialogue grants filmmakers the opportunity to make other elements of their storytelling that much tighter, whether it be via the performances, the music, the quick editing, the creativity, or something else for you to discover below. Read More …

Who’s on First

One thing Hollywood has loved to do since the golden age was captivate our minds, and then reminisce about the past it once was. Here are several great examples of that in action, starting with a Vanity Fair Hitchcockian photoshoot recreation of “The Birds” with Actress Jodie Foster in place of Tippi Hedren. Another memorable, Read More …

The Truth About Wikipedia Charts

Yes, we’ve all used Wikipedia by now, or it’s mobile cousin, Wikipanion. Some of us have even contributed to it. And for those out there that know me well, or can guess from my blogs, I’m an awards fanatic. Well, one day as a teenager, I fell in love with a film called “American Beauty” Read More …

Budgeting: The Finest End for The Biggest Gaffe in History

After declaring “All Hell Is Breaking Loose” at the first Academy Awards he hosted, Jimmy Kimmel could not have summed up better what was likely the biggest gaffe in Academy history: the wrong Best Picture award presented, for just under a minute, to a mistaken film from another envelope — likely a duplicate — still Read More …

Looking At Best Animated Short Noms

This scene always seems to get glossed over a bit — as would the documentaries and live-action shorts… Basically, what doesn’t typically earn big bucks directly at the box office gets ignored. Well, as an indie filmmaker currently in the works for another animated short, I present either fulls or trailers of the 2016 nominated Read More …

Bollywood Producer: The Man Who Let India Out of the Closet

Cultural divides between communities — cities, states, even countries — can sometimes overlook small intricacies that permit room to breathe. Rather than negatively look within our current climate, I’ll shine a light outside with hope for the future, toward a potential spotlight: Bollywood Producer Karan Johar. Currently legally limited to say and do certain things Read More …

Chazelle v. Jenkins: Young’uns In the Mix

So, last night were the Awards for Directors Guild of America, and Damien Chazelle was honored for La La Land. He is just 32 years old — in fact, he is a mere 10 days younger than ME — he could literally be the youngest Directing recipient ever at the Academy Awards. Should Barry Jenkins, Read More …

Talking Movies with PenTV – 106 – 89th Academy Awards

It’s long overdue — the 1st official collaboration between Peninsula Television and Thomas Productions has created this sixth episode of Talking Movies with PenTV! Cody Simmons returns to host with our regular guest Garett Weston Thomas about all the deets for the 89th Academy Awards, to be held February 26th, 2017. Best Picture Nominees for Read More …

See Oscar Noms LIVE Tuesday Morning! (TBA)

It’s less than 48 hours now until the official 89th Academy Award nominations are announced for films of 2016, TBA! Will be Tuesday, January 24th at 5:18 a.m. PST, when the live-stream begins. More info will be posted below as it becomes available, embedded clip included. Official Live-Stream Clip Updated Locks for Best Picture are Read More …

Point Shoot ‘n’ Eat – 106 – La La Moon Leader

In this latest vlog episode, Garett talks about potential 89th Academy Award nominees, connects who might win because of previous non-winners logic, plus a chat about High Speed Rail. Full vlog here: http://directorG.com/pointshootneat